A graduate of the school and former basketball standout, Adams has led the Chiefs to the state playoffs in each of the last six seasons. Three times, the team won more than 20 games. The best finish came in 2010-11, when Sequoyah finished 29-1 and didn’t lose until running into eventual state champion Miller Grove in the second round of the state playoffs.
Still, Adams wants more. And if there ever was a season to do it, this might be it.
Sequoyah will be hosting the final few rounds of the Region 7AAAAA tournament in February, giving it the home-court advantage when the four state playoff berths are decided. The Chiefs also have some experienced veterans with Logan Taylor and Dalton Satterfield back for their senior years, and a talented freshman point guard in 6-foot-5 Jordan Usher.
Satterfield, who has been a part of the varsity team since he was a freshman, has the chance to win 80 games during his prep career. After the Chiefs’ season-opening win over Lambert, he is just 14 victories away.
Adams feels the team is entering the season after a productive summer. The players spent more time than usual in the weight room, and Adams already sees it paying off on the court.
“We have made a lot of progress,” he said. “There were times this summer when we were not very good, and our kids took that as a challenge. This fall, they really got after it in the weight room and during 1-on-1 sessions with me. We are excited about where we are headed.”
Adams said it is his goal to have Sequoyah in the position to succeed by the time the region tournament tips off at the War lodge. Adams is excited about the possibility of winning the region title in front of a home crowd.
“We expect to be playing (the region final) on Saturday night,” Adams said. “That is one of the goals the kids have set this year.”
Looking at other parts of the schedule, Adams feels it should be a fun season. In addition to playing county and region rival Creekview twice, the Chiefs also have games with Cherokee, River Ridge, Woodstock and Etowah.
Sequoyah, off to a 1-1 start, will play in a Christmas tournament at Lumpkin County to earn experience an elimination-style event.
As for the region, each game will be a battle. Creekview, Pope, Riverwood and Osborne typically field competitive teams, while Forsyth Central and Northview appear to have improved.